A highland fling

our wee adventure on the Black Isle

Lujos on the soap trail

Um, I guess a “soap trail” doesn’t sound very good, does it? But what I am referring to is, indeed, very good! We are experimenting with using some new scents in our Lujos soap, and so far, so good.

We just unmoulded our first experiment – lavender and mint. The scent is incredible – not totally lavender, and not totally minty, either. Just an intriguing combination of both. If you didn’t know what had gone into the soap, you probably couldn’t exactly define the scent!

Soapers (that’s us!) usually learn the hard way that you have to be careful using mint in any product. The scent is very strong, so you have to get the proportions right, or you end up with an overpowering minty smell. Maybe that is not a bad thing, but probably would only suit a few. You don’t want to get it too wrong, either, because essential oils are expensive, and experimenting too much will end up wasting money.

We are ramping up our soap production now. We are off to the UK in August, and want to take lots of samples with us. As usual, handmade soap has to ‘cure’ before it can be used, a minimum of 4 weeks (3 during our hot, dry summer). This is not a ‘fast food’ type endeavor – it takes time to make the soap, time to experiment to get the right recipe and combination of scents and botanicals, and time to let the soap cure. It’s a true labour of love, but well worth it to get the wonderfully moisturising, gentle soap that is Lujos.

Author: Ann Larson

One-time IT executive who lives on a 22 acre olive farm in Spain with husband Kenton and 2 boxer dogs. We make Yunquera Gold olive oil, and soap and skincare products from same. We aim to make natural, fresh, and handmade products at affordable prices!

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